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Under fire from human rights groups and the international community, President Duterte vowed to continue his “unrelenting and unremitting” campaign against illegal drugs as he renewed his call for Congress to revive the death penalty for heinous crimes.

President Duterte yesterday surprised rallyists when he confronted them directly after his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III’s low-key partner made her first appearance yesterday at the opening of the second regular session of Congress and at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte at the Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City.

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President Duterte last night allayed fears that he might expand martial law to include Luzon and the Visayas.

Police killed early yesterday the suspect arrested in the rape-slay of a beauty contestant on Samal Island in Davao del Norte.

Tourism revenue rose to P220.30 billion during the first year of the Duterte administration, the Department of Tourism announced yesterday.

The Duterte administration’s tax reform program, the national ID system, amendments to the Constitution and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be among the priorities for approval in the Senate.

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has dismissed a petition for indirect contempt filed against The Philippine STAR and its columnist Jarius Bondoc by one of the incorporators of PH Trams, the controversial maintenance service provider of Metro Rail Transit Line 3.

President Duterte yesterday threatened to tax mining firms “to death” if they do not rehabilitate the areas damaged by their operations.

President Duterte will no longer talk with communist rebels, but he vowed to pursue peace up to his last day in office and even beyond.

Saying temporary restraining orders are “the bane” of efficiency, President Duterte urged Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the Supreme Court yesterday to lift the SC’s TRO on the reproductive health (RH) law.

The government has accepted Mighty Corp.’s offer to pay P25 billion in tax settlement for its liabilities through the years, President Duterte said yesterday.

The National Democratic Front (NDF) yesterday warned that the extension of martial law in Mindanao until yearend would only prolong the agony of the Moro people and target other Muslim groups and the New People’s Army (NPA).


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